Time for a change in Washington

Hiral Tipirneni
Candidate
8th Congressional District

It’s clear that Washington is broken, and judging by the partisan bickering, parade of ethics issues and number of criminal indictments, it seems to be getting more toxic each day. It’s time for a change in our nation’s capital and its leadership.

Our healthcare system, for example, is still in crisis. Nearly a year ago, we only had “repeal” offered as a solution. Thankfully, Sen. John McCain called for true bipartisanship and stalled this legislation, which seemed more like sabotage than solution. To stabilize and strengthen our healthcare system, we need a collaborative approach addressing the twin pillars of expanded coverage and cost containment.

That means borrowing ideas from both sides of the debate, like no “age tax,” expanding Medicare so it’s a true public option and encouraging competition between the private and public healthcare sectors.

Special interest groups, hyper-partisan politics and the impact of dark money rig the system against us. It’s time for a change.

Recent tax “reforms,” for example, were fiscally irresponsible cuts benefitting large corporations and the ultra-wealthy instead of small businesses or the middle-class. Behind rosy economic reports are stagnant wages and higher costs of living. Sure, there are good economic stories here and there, but Washington seems more interested in an economy that works for an elite few rather than most Americans.

It now appears that these tax cuts will be paid for with hits to the retirement security of millions of older Americans who spent a lifetime earning those benefits.

Arizonans know we need more secure borders and an accountable, sensible immigration system. Americans deserve honest conversations about such issues as family immigration; international trade; worker programs and employer verification systems; border barriers, security technology and staffing; and how to properly, compassionately address refugees and asylum seekers.

Instead, political games are being played with real people’s lives.

Washington can’t seem to find a way to solve problems without either getting bogged down in strict ideology — look no further than protecting our democracy from Russian interference — or favoring its special interest culture.

Many of these issues aren’t easily solved, but Washington’s gridlock means a lack of progress. It’s time for a change.

Fortunately, we have the power to be the change we seek.

We can’t change the way Congress works by electing the same sort of people who are already there — career politicians too cozy with special interests or blindly following the directions of party leadership. Change must happen across the board, including changing the leadership of both parties. That’s why I would support new Democratic leadership.

I’m not a career politician. My job — as a physician and often as a mom — has been listening to people, diagnosing the issue, then using team work to solve the problem. The Hippocratic Oath I swore — “do no harm” — is something those in Congress ought to live by, as well.

It’s time for a change in Washington, and that starts with electing representatives who are beholden only to their constituents, truly putting people before politics.

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